Martin Erasmus became South Africa’s first wrestling gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games since 1958 beating India’s Mausam Khatri in their 97-kilogram freestyle match on Friday.
The Brakpan-native dominated his weight-class at the Games winning all three of his matches in the build-up to the final by technical superiority.
He did it again in the final with Khatri suffering a 12-1 defeat to the powerful South African who finally got to exact some payback on the Indian wrestler.
The Indian beat Erasmus at the Commonwealth Championships in Johannesburg in December on his way to winning the silver medal.
Erasmus, who has been wrestling since the age of three has been a South African champion in every age group said he did not expect to win the gold medal.
“I didn’t expect the gold medal, I took it match for match, and then succeeded so I thank the Lord for that,” Erasmus said.
“He was tough as well and I think he had an injury but that is not my problem. We fought before and he beat me by technical superiority. I expected to win.”